Conventionalism and the contingency of conventions

Noûs 43 (2):224-241 (2009)
One common objection to <span class='Hi'>Conventionalism</span> about modality is that since it is contingent what our <span class='Hi'>conventions</span> are, the modal facts themselves will thereby be contingent. A standard reply is that Conventionalists can accept this, if they reject the S4 axiom, that what is possibly possible is possible. I first argue that this reply is inadequate, but then continue to argue that it is not needed, because the Conventionalist need not concede that the <span class='Hi'>contingency</span> of our <span class='Hi'>conventions</span> has any bearing on the modal status of necessary truths. It is explained why this does not compromise the Conventionalist claim that necessity – and particularly, essence – is due to <span class='Hi'>conventions</span>.
Keywords conventionalism  necessity  modality
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2009.00704.x
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